After receiving flak for a controversial sex scene in her erotic web series XXX 2, streaming on OTT platform AltBalaji, producer Ekta Kapoor has confirmed that her team has deleted the scene in question. Moreover, she has apologised for hurting any sentiments “unintentionally”, saying that their organisation is “deeply respectful” of the Indian Army.
“As an individual and as an organization, we are deeply respectful towards the Indian Army. Their contribution to our well being and security is immense. We have already deleted the scene that is being spoken about, so the action has been taken from our side. We fully apologise for any sentiment that is hurt unintentionally. What we don’t appreciate is the bullying and the rape threats by the trolls,” the producer said in a statement.
The producer allegedly received rape threats and was made a target of cyberbullying. At the same time, people lodged a police complaint against her in Gurugram’s Palam Vihar police station and an FIR in Indore of Madhya Pradesh.
Speaking about the rape threats, Ekta Kapoor said, “This gentleman who thinks that he’s the ‘patriot of the year’ decided to come out there, abuse my mother and me. And now, has openly put a rape threat on a social platform. This, now, is no longer about the army or sexual content because the idea of this is ‘rape a girl, rape her son, rape her 71-year-old mother’ for making sexual content. It means sex is bad but rape is okay.”
One of the first to object was YouTuber Vikas Pathak, popular as Hindustani Bhau. He had filed a police complaint against show producers Ekta Kapoor and her mother Shobha Kapoor on Monday.
The controversial scene had landed the makers in a spot. The hashtag #ALTBalaji_Insults_Army had been trending on Twitter until the apology and fresh editing of the film came about from Ekta Kapoor.
In Chhota Udepur, the Hindu Yuva Vahini submitted a complaint to the district superintendent of police seeking action against Kapoor and her venture, Balaji Telefilms Limited. “The scenes in the web series are unfortunate and shameful. In one of them, the uniform of Indian Army is being ripped by a character, which is an insult to our brave men who have been doing their duty at the border. We demand action by the police in the matter,” said Jitendra Patel, district president, Hindu Yuva Vahini, Chhota Udepur.
In Surat, the Bajrang Dal lodged a complaint to the police commissioner demanding action against Kapoor. “For now, we have submitted a police complaint against Ekta Kapoor and her mother Shobha Kapoor with the Surat police commissioner. We demand that the mother-daughter duo issue a public apology or else we will try to register an FIR in the case,” said Ajay Sharma, vice-president, Bajrang Dal, Surat.
Another complaint was filed against the producer Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor in the Muzaffarpur court. The complaint was filed by Ram Pravesh Singh. He is the president of the veteran soldiers’ association in the city. The hearing in this matter will be held on 23 June.